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Pontiac’s Notre Dame Prep Opens $7.5M Science, Art, Tech Wing

Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy (NDPMA) in Pontiac has opened a 26,000-square-foot, $7.5-million science, art, and technology wing.

East Lansing’s MSU Receives $30M Gift to Complete Business Pavilion

Michigan State University in East Lansing Thursday announced it has received a $30-million gift toward the completion of the Business Pavilion at the Eli Broad College of Business.

Gov. Snyder Allows Former Felons to Seek Business Licenses

In a bid to fill jobs during a period of low unemployment, Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has removed the checkbox reading, “Were you convicted of a felony?” that precedes occupational and construction code licensing applications.

U-M in Ann Arbor to Host Entrepalooza on Sept. 21, Keynote by Zingerman’s Ari Weinzweig

Entrepreneurship programs from across the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor will come together to host the annual Entrepalooza symposium on Friday, Sept. 21 at the Michigan League. This year's event will highlight food entrepreneurship, giving attendees the opportunity to learn directly from successful founders through hands-on workshops and a showcase fair.

Fred Astaire Dance Studio Michigan to Add 10 Locations in 5 Years, First in West Bloomfield Township

Owners of Fred Astaire Dance Studio Michigan, which has its flagship location in Bloomfield Hills, Tuesday announced they plan to open 10 more locations in Michigan within the next five years. The newest location in West Bloomfield Township started offering classes on Aug. 27.

Oakland University Opens New Dorm, Welcomes Largest Freshman Class

Responding to growing enrollment and increased demand for campus housing, Oakland University this week opened a $78-million, 289,000-square-foot residence hall at the south end of the campus which spans Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills.

Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills Opens $14M Middle School

The Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills today celebrated the completion of a $14-million renovation to the existing middle school on Hillview Lane. The project wraps up phase one of a $33-million update of the middle and lower schools.

Chevrolet Debuts Colorado ZR2 Bison, Collaborates with AEV in Wixom

Detroit-based Chevrolet today announced it will add the Colorado ZR2 Bison to its midsize truck lineup as an all-new performance variant. Bison is Chevy’s first collaboration with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), a premium off-road aftermarket manufacturer in Wixom.

Mahindra in Auburn Hills Unveils First On-road Vehicle Marazzo

Auburn Hills’ Mahindra Automotive North America Wednesday announced the release of the Marazzo, its new multi-purpose vehicle. The Marazzo is the first on-road vehicle to stem from the Mahindra Group’s 2013 decision to set up an automotive operation in metro Detroit.

The STEMIE Coalition Becomes Part of The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Organizations to Encourage Invention Learning

The Henry Ford in Dearborn and the STEMIE Coalition today announced they are partnering to bring invention and entrepreneur education to students around the world. Effective immediately, the STEMIE Coalition will be part of The Henry Ford organization.

Cuban-inspired Restaurant Slated for Detroit’s Columbia Street

Frita Batidos, a Cuban-inspired restaurant in Ann Arbor, and Detroit’s Olympia Development of Michigan today announced the restaurant will open a Detroit location next year at the new Columbia Street shopping and dining destination between the Fox Theatre and the Little Caesars world headquarters campus expansion.

Southfield Auto Supplier Denso Invests in Semiconductor Devices to Advance Autonomous Driving Solutions

Denso, a Tier 1 automotive supplier that has its North American headquarters in Southfield, today announced its subsidiary NSITEXE Inc., a developer of key semiconductor components enabling automated driving, has invested in ThinCI Inc., an AI hardware startup developing computing platforms.

Altair in Troy Releases 2 New Simulation Platforms for Manufacturers

Troy’s Altair, a simulation technology company, today announced the release of the Altair Inspire simulation-driven design platform, as well as the Altair 365 cloud collaboration platform.

Cadillac Debuts All-new 2019 XT4 Compact SUV, Goes on Sale This Fall

The new Cadillac XT4 Compact SUV, revealed today, offers a turbocharged propulsion system and advanced chassis systems, among numerous other features.

Report: U-M, MSU, and Wayne State Contribute $18.7B to Michigan’s Economy in 2017

Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) contributed $18.7 billion to the state economy in 2017, according to an Anderson Economic Group report released today during a Detroit Economic Club luncheon.

FCA US Adds $30M Autonomous Testing Facility at its Chelsea Proving Grounds Near Ann Arbor

FCA US in Auburn Hills today announced it has invested more than $30 million at its Chelsea Proving Grounds west of Ann Arbor to further development and testing of autonomous vehicle and advanced safety technologies.

Detroit’s Peninsula Capital Partners Sells Interests in Alabama’s Walpar

Detroit’s Peninsula Capital Partners today announced it has sold its interests in Walpar in connection with a sale of the company to Valmont Industries Inc. of Omaha, Neb. Walpar is based in Birmingham, Ala.

Beaumont Health in Southfield to Open Outpatient Care Campuses in Wayne, Macomb Counties

Southfield’s Beaumont Health today announced plans to develop outpatient care campuses in northeast Macomb County and western Wayne County in 2020. The exact locations haven’t been released, but groundbreakings are slated for next year.

U-M in Ann Arbor Receives $10M to Open Weiser Diplomacy Center

Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan plans to open the Weiser Diplomacy Center with a $10-million gift from U-M alumni Ron and Eileen Weiser. The center will serve as a hub for engagement with the foreign political community.

WellCare in Tampa Completes Acquisition of Detroit’s Meridian Health Plan for $2.5B

WellCare Health Plans Inc. in Tampa today announced it has completed the acquisition of Detroit-based Meridian Health Plan of Michigan Inc., Meridian Health Plan of Illinois Inc., and MeridianRx, a pharmacy benefit manager (collectively "Meridian") following the receipt of all required regulatory approvals.

Super C Group in Birmingham to Acquire 65 Salons in Michigan, Add 10 Locations

Birmingham’s Super C Group has entered into an agreement to acquire 65 Michigan-based salons from Minnesota-based Regis Corp. The acquisition and planned new-store openings are expected to bring the total number of franchised Supercuts locations in Michigan to 85, including other franchisees.

Report: Metro Detroit Homes Sales and Median Sales Price Rise in July

July home sales and median sales price increased year-over-year, according to the RE/MAX of Southeastern Michigan Housing Report released today.

Beringea in Farmington Hills Part of Finance Team That Invests $6M in Avid Ratings

Beringea, a private equity firm in Farmington Hills, was part of the finance team that extended $6 million in new funding to Avid Ratings, an industry leader in North America that provides homebuilders with digital tools to improve customer engagement. The investment, which includes 4490 Ventures in Madison, Wis., was announced today.

Lansing’s Neogen Corp. Acquires Virginia-based Cattle-Gene Data-Management Company

Neogen Corp. in Lansing today announced it has acquired the assets of Livestock Genetic Services LCC (LGS), a Virginia-based company that specializes in genetic evaluations and data management for cattle-breeding organizations. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Ada’s Burke Porter Group Acquires Auburn Hills’ WinterPark Engineering

Burke Porter Group (BPG) in Ada, Mich. (east of Grand Rapids), a global supplier of intelligent testing instrumentation and assembly systems and solutions, today announced the acquisition of Auburn Hills’ WinterPark Engineering, a provider of engineering services for global emissions and regulatory applications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

More Cruise Ships Coming to Michigan and the Great Lakes

Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday helped launch “Cruise the Great Lakes,” a new international partnership to bring more cruise passengers to the Great Lakes. The program is the latest project of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers, (GSGP) of which Governor Snyder is the chair.

Report: Consumer Sentiment Remains Negative Despite Growth in Economy

Consumer sentiment has remained virtually unchanged despite positive news about growth in the U.S. economy, according to Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.

Downtown Lansing to Add Meijer Urban Market, Hotel, Residential Mixed-use Building

Lansing’s Gillespie Group unveiled a four-story, mixed-use concept in downtown Lansing that is designed to transform the 600 block of East Michigan Avenue at the southeast corner of Larch Street. The project was announced Wednesday.

Dearborn-based Carhartt Introduces Skilled Trades Platform

Dearborn’s Carhartt, a workwear brand, Thursday launched a platform called Carhartt for Workers (CFW) to help close the skilled trades gap and advocate for skilled workers.

Detroit Businesses and Organizations Partner to Offer Incentives to Detroit Teachers

Detroit’s Skillman Foundation and the Detroit Children’s Fund Thursday announced the launch of Teach 313, a local and national campaign to recruit early childhood-12th grade teachers to Detroit. The program will offer incentives from corporate partners, including General Motors Co. and Quicken Loans Inc.

Blog: Six Steps to Help You Find Your Way after Wayfair

For remote retailers, marketplace providers, and many other sellers, the world changed dramatically on June 21, 2018, when the U.S. Supreme Court decided that internet retailers can be required to collect sales taxes in states even where they have no physical presence. This overturned the Court’s 1967 Bellas Hess and 1992 Quill decisions — essentially acknowledging the realities of our now fully digital economy.

Southfield’s Beaumont to Open 30 Urgent Care Centers in Metro Detroit in Partnership with Georgia’s WellStreet

Southfield-based Beaumont Health Wednesday announced it has partnered with Atlanta’s WellStreet Urgent Care to open 30 urgent care centers throughout metro Detroit by the end of 2019.

Eastern Michigan University to Offer Two Years of Free Tuition Starting in Fall 2019

Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti today announced it is introducing a new scholarship program that provides students with the final two years of their tuition for free when they pay the first two years.

Southfield’s IoT Company Guardhat Moves Headquarters to Downtown Detroit

Guardhat, an Internet of Things (IoT) industrial safety technology developer, Wednesday announced it will move its headquarters to 1520 Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit from its Southfield office. The new space is located between Witherell and John R streets.

Dearborn-based Ford GoRide Partners with Detroit’s DMC for Nonemergency Medical Transportation

Dearborn’s Ford Motor Co. today announced it is offering its GoRide non-emergency medical transportation service across the Detroit Medical Center network.

Priority Health in Grand Rapids Launches Personalized Wellness Programs Via PriorityWell

Grand Rapids-based Priority Health, the second largest health plan in Michigan, today announced it is transforming its wellness programs to address the overall wellbeing of members with a new product, PriorityWell.

Grand Rapids-based Advanced Protein Technology Unveils Collagen-based Nutra Collagen Products

Advanced Protein Technology in Grand Rapids has unveiled its new line of Nutra Collagen, or collagen-based products.

AT&T Invests $1.3B in Michigan From 2015-2017, Prepares to Introduce 5G Service

Texas-based AT&T Tuesday announced it has invested more than $1.3 billion in its wireless and wired networks from 2015-2017 in Michigan. Of this, nearly $650 million went to networks in metro Detroit.

Ford Uses Aerial Drones to Inspect Manufacturing Plant, Looks to Expand Program

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today announced it is using small aerial drones equipped with motion cameras to inspect high-rise gantries, pipework, and roof areas at its Dagenham Engine Plant in the UK.

North American Bancard in Troy Partners with Homebase to Offer Employee Management Tool

Troy-based North American Bancard Holdings (NAB), a payment solutions company, and Homebase, a provider of team management solutions, today announced a partnership to offer small businesses an employee management tool. The Homebase software is being offered through NAB's PayAnywhere technology platform.

Doctors at Southfield’s Ascension Providence Hospital Implant Heart Devices Without Radiation

Researchers at Southfield’s Ascension Providence Hospital have developed a 3-D mapping technique that allows heart devices to be implanted without exposing patients and health care workers to radiation.

Caribbean Restaurant Norma G’s Opens in Detroit’s Jefferson-Chalmers Neighborhood

Norma G’s Cuisine, a Caribbean restaurant, officially opened its doors to the public Tuesday. Once a food truck, it now has a permanent home at 14700 E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit and is the first sit-down, full-service restaurant to open in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood in 30 years.

Arizona’s Carvana, an Online Used Car Buying Platform, Expands to Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Flint

Carvana, an Arizona-based e-commerce platform for buying used cars, today announced it has launched in four additional markets — Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, and Fort Wayne, Ind. The company first came to Michigan in July 2017 when it launched in Detroit.

Troy’s Rainbow Child Care Center Acquired by Oregon’s KinderCare Education

Oregon’s KinderCare Education Monday announced the acquisition of Troy-based Rainbow Child Care Center. Rainbow has 150 centers in 16 states and is the eighth largest child care provider in the nation.

New Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition Debuts, New Exterior and Interior Features

FCA in Auburn Hills today announced the debut of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition, which pays tribute to the annual Easter Jeep Safari event in Moab, Utah. The event is hosted by the Red Rock 4-Wheelers off-road club, and will next be held April 13-21, 2019.

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy Breaks Ground on $6M Atwater Beach

The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy Monday broke ground on Atwater Beach, which will transform a former industrial site along the East Riverfront into a beach and picnic area. The $6-million project is expected to be completed in summer 2019.

Michigan Venture Capital Association in Ann Arbor Announces 2018 Award Nominees

Ann Arbor-based Michigan Venture Capital Association, a nonprofit trade association founded in 2002 to boost the amount of capital and talent for the state’s entrepreneurial and investment community, today announced it will host its MVCA Annual Awards Dinner with Gov. Rick Snyder on Oct. 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Eastern Market in Detroit.

Meijer Launches New Line of Convenience Store/Fuel Stations, Starbucks Coming Soon

Meijer in Grand Rapids today announced it is rolling out newly-designed convenience store and gas stations, with the first facility located at 2988 Walker NW, adjacent to the retailer's headquarters.

Michigan Strategic Fund Board Approves Projects Expected to Attract $100M

The Michigan Strategic Fund board today approved projects expected to generate nearly $100 million in private investment and create 312 jobs, Lansing’s Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) announced.

2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition Makes Debut

Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. today introduced the 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition, which honors the legendary American Gulf Oil-sponsored Ford GT40 by featuring one of the most famous paint schemes in motorsports, plus a set of additional features.

East Lansing’s MSU to Break Ground on $100M STEM Teaching and Learning Facility

Michigan State University in East Lansing Friday announced it will break ground on a $100-million STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Teaching and Learning Facility.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Meets With British Ambassador to Partner on Electronic Vehicle Technologies

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder today welcomed Sir Kim Darroch KCMG, the British ambassador to the United States, to Michigan.

The Detroit Sessions Returns: Concert and U.S. Film Premiere at the Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Sessions, a nonprofit focused on elevating the cultural vibrancy of Detroit, presents a multi-day event series inspired by the human rights legacy of music icon Mstislav Rostropovich.

Bridge Between One Woodward and Guardian Building Becomes Permanent Home of Light Art Installation

"Detroit Skybridge," an unused bridge connecting One Woodward and the Guardian Building, has gotten new life as the structure for a permanent installation by contemporary artist Phillip K. Smith III. The bridge, which features windows colored by light, was illuminated for the first time just after 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Scientists at East Lansing’s MSU Discover Gene Malfunction Associated With Arthritic Autoimmune Disorder

A new study from East Lansing-based Michigan State University has found a malfunctioning gene associated with ankylosing spondylitis, or AS, that is directly linked to the loss of vital immune cells that may prevent the disease.

Southfield Announces Mixed-use Redevelopment Plans for Northland Mall

The city of Southfield today announced several developers have submitted letters of intent to acquire land at the former Northland Mall, which opened in 1954 and closed in 2015. The city also has entered into due diligence agreements with the prospective developers.

Michigan Technological University in Houghton Hosts World’s First Freshwater Site for Testing Autonomous Watercraft

The Smart Ships Coalition of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence has unveiled its Marine Autonomy Research Site, the world’s first freshwater location for testing unmanned surface and underwater vessels. The site is located in Houghton, and will be managed by Michigan Technological University.

SkySpecs in Ann Arbor Opens Office in Amsterdam to Expand European Operations

Ann Arbor-based SkySpecs, a provider of robotics solutions for the wind energy industry, today announced the opening of an office in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Founded in 2008, the company has been inspecting wind turbines via automated aerial drones in North America and Europe, and plans to continue both onshore and offshore growth in 2019 and beyond.

National Black MBA Association Conference Coming to Detroit for Event’s 40th Anniversary

The National Black MBA Association will host its 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition Sept. 25-29 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

Report: Michigan Employer Demand for Lightweighting Doubles in Six Years

Employer demand for lightweighting-related skills in Michigan increased between the first and second quarters of 2018 and has doubled since the first quarter of 2012 with more than 56,000 job postings, according to a new report released by Detroit’s LIFT — Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow.

Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System Joins Medicaid Transformation Project

Henry Ford Health System in Detroit has joined 16 other health systems in the U.S. on the Medicaid Transformation Project, a national effort to transform health care and related social needs for the nearly 75 million Americans who rely on Medicaid.

Peninsula Capital Partners in Detroit Invests in Travel and Leisure Industry

Detroit–based Peninsula Capital Partners today announced its portfolio company, MMGY Global, has completed two acquisitions with capital support from Peninsula’s most recent investment partnership, Peninsula Fund VI L.P., with committed capital of $402 million.

Troy’s NAI to Open Manufacturing Facility in China

NAI, a Troy-based manufacturer of global connectivity solutions for high-performance systems used in the industrial technology, telecom, and medical industries, Wednesday announced the opening of a manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China. The plant is slated to open Sept. 1.

State Sets Aside More Than $3M for School Robotics Programs

Michigan has made $3 million in grants available for public schools and $300,000 in grants available for non-public schools for robotics programs, the Michigan Department of Education and the Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan announced Wednesday.

New Hampshire’s Standex International Corp. Acquires Clinton Township’s Tenibac-Graphion Inc.

Tenibac-Graphion Inc., a Clinton Township-based provider of chemical and laser texturing services, has been acquired by Standex International Corp., a multi-industry manufacturer in New Jersey, Standex announced today. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Dr. Joel Kahn’s New Book, “Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses,” Reaches No. 1 on Amazon for Cardiology

Dr. Joel Kahn, a cardiologist and clinical professor of medicine at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, has published his latest book, Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Your Career with a Healthy Heart.

25th Annual Partners Event to be Held at Michigan Building Theatre in Detroit for Karmanos Cancer Institute

Detroit’s Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute will celebrate its 25th annual Partners Event 7 p.m.-midnight on Friday, Sept. 21 at the Michigan Building Theatre in Detroit.

Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business Opens North of Little Caesars Arena

Wayne State University in Detroit Tuesday celebrated the opening of the Mike Ilitch School of Business. The school was made possible by a $40 million gift from Little Caesars Pizza founders Mike and Marian Ilitch, which was the largest in WSU’s history.

Detroit’s DTE Energy Breaks Ground on $1B Blue Water Energy Center in East China Township

DTE Energy in Detroit Tuesday announced it has broken ground on its Blue Water Energy Center in East China Township (south of Port Huron). The $1-billion natural gas-fueled plant is expected to be the most efficient power plant in the state when it begins producing electricity for 850,000 homes starting in 2022. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2019.

Historic Apartment Building Listed for $2.2M Near Michigan Central Station in Detroit’s Corktown District

Friedman Urban in Detroit today announced the listing for $2.2 million of 2072 Wabash, a renovated 16-unit apartment building located just east of Michigan Central Station. In June, Ford Motor Co. announced plans to create an autonomous and electric vehicle research campus at the former train station and several neighboring properties in Corktown.

Detroit FinTech Bay Announces Kyyba Innovations in Farmington Hills as First Partner

Detroit FinTech Bay, which plans to open its North American hub and incubator later this year in the former First Independence Bank building at 44 Michigan Avenue in downtown Detroit, today announced its first ecosystem partner is Kyyba Innovations in Farmington Hills.

Detroit-based GM’s 2019 GMC Sierra Denali Arriving at Dealerships

Detroit’s General Motors Co. today announced its 2019 GMC Sierra Denali is now arriving at dealerships. The Denali is the automaker’s flagship of the next-generation Sierra lineup and leads a broader range of trucks, including the AT4 and Elevation models.

Pontiac’s Deliver My Ride Launches Online Car-buying Platform

Pontiac-based Deliver My Ride, an online car buying service launched by Birmingham’s MadDog Technology, has announced the introduction of its newly enhanced platform.

Report: Best July Since 2006 for New Housing Permits in Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne Counties

The Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan today announced 462 single-family permits were issued in Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne counties in July 2018. This marks the best July for single-family home permits since 2006.

Report: Record Savings for Used Car Shoppers

The latest Used Car Report released today by California’s Edmunds, an online car-shopping guide, shows record savings can be found on used vehicles compared to new.

Detroit’s Huron Capital Launches ExecFactor Platform High Street Partners

Huron Capital, a lower-middle-market private equity firm based in downtown Detroit, Monday announced it has founded High Street Partners with industry executives Scott Wick and Randy Koch to pursue a buy-and-build strategy in the insurance agency market.

Detroit’s Kraemer Design Group to Rehabilitate Park Avenue Building Near Fox Theatre

Detroit’s Kraemer Design Group, an architecture, interior design, and creative firm, Monday announced it is the architect, designer, and historic consultant on the renovation of the Park Avenue Building.

Simon Group Holdings in Birmingham and its Portfolio Firms Partner on Modular Housing

Birmingham-based Simon Group Holdings (SGH) companies VESTA Modular and Atlas Oil today announced they have partnered to establish a modular housing solution for Atlas' frac and rig business in Odessa, TX.

Ecommerce Sales Expand in Michigan with Quality Dairy and Vroom Delivery

Lansing-based Quality Dairy, which operates 30 stores in central Michigan, today announced it has signed an agreement with Vroom Delivery, an ecommerce platform for the convenience store industry.

Loc Performance Products in Plymouth Township to Manufacture Armored Assembly for U.S. Army

Plymouth Township’s Loc Performance Products Inc. was today awarded a contract to manufacture an armored assembly for the U.S. Army’s Multiple Launch Rocket System.

Treetops in Gaylord Expands with 25 New Rental Properties Set to Open in Spring 2019

Treetops Resort in Gaylord, which offers five golf courses, multiple ski runs, and other amenities, today announced it will break ground on 25 new rental homes near its newly-renovated clubhouse and hotel. The first rental homes, each offering four bedroom suites, will be available in the spring.

Auburn Hills’ FCA to Manufacture Power Electronics Component in Toledo for First Plug-in Hybrid Jeep

Auburn Hills-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced it has awarded the production of the power electronics module for the Jeep Wrangler plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) to its Toledo Machining Plant in Ohio. The vehicle is set to launch in 2020.

Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids to Add Von Maur, Urban Outfitters, REI, and More Retailers

Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids today announced it will add Von Maur, a 90,000-square-foot department store, that will replace the former Sear’s store. The Von Maur store, the first in the region, is scheduled to open in October 2019, according to PREIT, the mall’s owner.

U.S. Army to Test Ann Arbor-based Kraig Biocraft’s Dragon Silk

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. in Ann Arbor today announced it has delivered ballistic shootpack panels to the U.S. Army made of the company’s Dragon Silk material. The panels will be evaluated for effectiveness in stopping bullets.

Blog: Put People Before Perks to Refocus Your Talent Strategy

Sometimes, the most valuable lessons happen when you least expect it. I was reminded of that when a recent business venture took me literally off the grid in Detroit, onto streets my GPS didn’t recognize.

Report: Detroit’s Home Prices Have Second-highest Growth in U.S., Grand Rapids Homes Sell the Quickest

Metro Detroit home prices have increased by 15 percent year-over-year in July, the second highest increase in the country, according to Redfin, a Washington-based real estate brokerage. Nationally, home prices were up 5.3 percent in July with a median price of $307,400.

Dearborn’s Ford Unveils Fastest Drag Racing Mustang

Ford Performance, a division of Dearborn’s Ford Motor Co., Thursday unveiled its 50th Anniversary Mustang Cobra Jet race car. It is the fastest drag racing Mustang ever, capable of covering one-fourth of a mile in the mid-8-second range.

Peninsula Capital Partners in Detroit Invests in Georgia-based Pro-Tec Fire Protection

Detroit–based Peninsula Capital Partners today announced it has completed an investment in Pro‐Tec Fire Protection in Loganville, Ga. The investment was made by Peninsula’s most recent investment partnership, Peninsula Fund VI L.P., with committed capital of $402 million.

CORE Partners Becomes Bingham Farms-based Dominion Real Estate Advisors and Dominion Realty Services

A pair of new full-service real estate firms, Dominion Real Estate Advisors and Dominion Realty Services (Dominion), made up of several local real estate investors, was announced today.

Detroit’s Huron Capital, Chicago’s KCM Capital Partners, and Ohio’s Stonehenge Partners Invest in New Jersey’s Atlantic Beverage Co.

Detroit’s Huron Capital, a lower-middle-market private equity firm, has partnered with Chicago’s KCM Capital Partners and Columbus, Ohio-based Stonehenge Partners in a joint investment in Atlantic Beverage Co., a national food service supplier based in New Jersey. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Federal Reserve Lifts Supervisory Agreement With Troy’s Flagstar Bancorp

Troy-based Flagstar Bancorp Inc. has announced that the Federal Reserve has lifted its Supervisory Agreement with the company, effective Aug. 14.

Report: Ford’s First Self-delivery Vehicles in Operate as Fleets That will Service Businesses and Consumers

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today released a report, “A Matter of Trust: Ford’s Approach to Developing Self-driving Vehicles,” that reveals its autonomous vehicles won’t initially be sold to customers in the way that cars are today. The automaker plans to introduce its first self-driving vehicles in 2021.

Gov. Snyder Announces Universal Access to High-speed Internet Across Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder, along with state technology and business leaders, today announced a plan to provide universal access to high-speed internet for every Michigan resident, business, region, and community. The new Michigan Broadband Roadmap sets the path for improving access and adoption of broadband throughout the state.

Michigan Recycling Businesses GLR Advanced Recycling and PADNOS Combine

Roseville-based GLR Advanced Recycling and Holland-based PADNOS today announced they have combined, with PADNOS acquiring a significant interest in GLR. The new partnership will include 24 locations throughout Michigan. Both companies will operate under their current names.

Royal Oak-based PIXO VR and Silicon Valley’s HP Partner on New Virtual Reality Training for Businesses

PIXO VR in Royal Oak and HP in Silicon Valley today announced they are joining forces to bring virtual reality training to enterprises around the world. PIXO VR is a virtual reality software designer that develops AAA-game quality VR training experiences.

Engineers at Ann Arbor’s U-M Develop Longer-lasting Batteries Using Ceramic

Engineers at Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan have developed a rechargeable battery that could double the output of today’s lithium ion cells, extending electric vehicle ranges and time between cell phone charges without taking up additional space, the school announced Wednesday.

In-dash Fuel Payment Now Available Through Texas-based Shell Oil Co. and Detroit’s GM

Texas-based Shell Oil Co. today announced that Shell-branded stations across the U.S. now accept Detroit-based General Motors Co.’s in-dash fuel payment and loyalty experience.

Detroit’s United Way for Southeastern Michigan to Move to Detroit’s Fisher Building

Detroit-based United Way for Southeastern Michigan today announced it plans to move its corporate office to the Fisher building in Detroit’s New Center.

West Bloomfield Township’s Planterra Conservatory to Expand

Planterra Conservancy in West Bloomfield Township today announced construction plans have been approved for an outdoor wedding space, building addition, and upgrades to the glass-enclosed conservatory near 14 Mile and Drake roads.

McDonald’s Investing $205M in Updates to Michigan Locations

McDonald’s Tuesday announced the company and its franchisees are investing about $205 million on the construction and modernization of some 400 McDonald’s restaurants in 2018 and 2019 in Michigan.
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